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MUSIC REVIEWS
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.. It's Not About Rick Ross's New Maybach or Cardi B's Soaked Bloomers; Promise


MUSIC
HIP HOP REVIEWS

11-06-2021 15:22 GMT


Music Reviews (June 2021) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Hip Hop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Hip Hop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Chingy on Apple Music | Spotify


Chingy
"All Capp"
Hip Hop


Be happy

US hip hop artist, Chingy's new single "All Capp" was released during the heat of the Coronavirus pandemic last year ahead of the arrival of his first full-length album in 13 years on the 31st of July the same year. The critically acclaimed track gave rap music fans a taste of what the St. Louis rapper's sound has evolved into over the years and paved the way for the success of the new album. 

Bright, exciting and colorful, it reintroduced hip hop fans to a sound and style that was partly responsible for the genre's exponential growth in popularity during the early part of the millennium, a sound that has never been duplicated up till today and is still very much in demand. 

We've all been through so much over the past year, and if you are a human being (wait, you are human, right?) then you've probably run out of tears and sad songs. But we've made it this far and things are even starting to look up again so we all deserve a song like this to breathe new life into our Spotify playlists, and a pat on the back for not losing it, however we did it - we've earned it. No, it's not another meaningless throwaway hip hop song, about Rick Ross's new Maybach, or Cardi B's soaked bloomers; it's not about drugs or police, fighting, or shooting, eating bananas really slowly or men's right to wear pink; just a fun song about being amazing, being rewarded handsomely and being happy.

Explicit.

If The Beatles, The O'Jays, Bob Dylan, Nina Simone Were Still Here...


MUSIC
SOUL REVIEWS

10-06-2021 12:35 GMT


Listen to the socially conscious, pandemic inspired song by The Bishop Boys. Sounds like: The Beatles, The O'Jays, Bob Dylan, Nina Simone.
Music by indie artist, The Bishop Boys on YouTube | Spotify


The Bishop Boys
"Dark Days"
Soul


It's not you, it's the pandemic...

Really cool song about the simple things we all miss

If great bands and musical acts like The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Sam Cooke, Jimi Hendrix, The O'Jays, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley and Nina Simone were still around they would have probably written a song like this. It’s a shame we don’t have many more meaningful and true-to-(ordinary)-life pandemic inspired records on the Billboard charts and other mainstream music charts, with the current state of the world and all that has happened even over the past year alone – and no, a song about how Jay-Z, Kanye West, Rihanna, Justin Beiber or The Weeknd miss going to the Versace, Rolex or Ferrari store and buying everything in there just for fun without having to wear their Gucci mask and Michael Jackson gloves won’t suffice (I mean, when was the last time you went into a Ferrari store? Two thousand and never right? Who needs a Ferrari nowadays anyway, when everyone's an Uber driver now; or a Rolex when there is a digital clock attached to virtually any and every indoor or outdoor surface or screen, not to talk of any and every device in your pocket or on your person at any given time even you if you leave home in nothing but a mankini). 

 Inspired by the Coronavirus pandemic of 2020, Austin Di Pietro and Andrew Adoranti’s new single “Dark Days” is for anyone who has been affected by the lockdowns and pandemic of 2020/21 in any way – that’s literally every single one of us right? If you have ever had to put on a mask to go outside and not because you were about to do something dodgy or collect some money some had owed you for way too long, this one’s for you. If you’ve had to resort to (Snoop) doggie style and can't think of any other reasonable alternative for the foreseeable future (it’s much safer right? in case she/he coughs or sneezes… or pukes, or gags? Who knows what you filthy boys and girls are into these days (hopefully not kissing), this one’s for you. If you’ve been drinking everyday or more often than not, or ever found yourself knocking on your neighbor's door late at night because you've run out of jazz cabbage, just so you can feel a little bit as good as you did only a year ago, this one’s for you. If it's been over a year since you had Chinese food, got a massage (the good type - wink, wink), had your nails done, or got your nether regions violated by a sinister human epilator who you are pretty sure is going for the most pain, in the name of beauty, this is for you and your big bush too. 

Add this to your pensive music playlists and share it with all your friends who are obviously going through something (we all are) but are not sure how to say it, or if they should. 

Music Review: Closure by Lyon Tide - Pop - Birmingham, UK | Music Discovery XO


MUSIC
POP REVIEWS

09-06-2021 14:29 GMT


Music Reviews (June 2021) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Pop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Pop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie band, Lyon Tide on YouTube | Apple Music


Lyon Tide
"Closure"
Pop


The storm is over

Released on the 1st of January, “Closure” is the debut single by Birmingham, UK pop band Lyon Tide, which was recently signed to Italian music company Open Productions, which brought us the iconic independent Italian rock band Amycanbe. Much like Amycanbe’s, Lyon Tide’s sound is deeply satisfying – you’ll feel accomplished and fulfilled just for having hit the play button when you did. 

“Closure” is one of those records you know will be amazing the minute it starts. In an era when song intros are now a thing of the past, after being ditched by the mainstream music industry in favor of guaranteeing that listeners will listen to the first 30 seconds of a track so that Spotify can pay handsomely every time the song is played; it’s exciting to hear tracks like this, and reassuring to say the very least, that not all new artists and bands are gold diggers. Ironically, the intro of this record is over 30 seconds long – you won’t hear a mainstream record like this ever, that’s just the first positive of several. Over 40 seconds later, after what could only be described as a soothing and uplifting adventure into the unknown, you get to experience the very first taste of a band that sounds as promising as a lone pair of Victoria’s Secrets hanging on the clothes line in the new neighbor's backyard on a quiet, cool, breezy Saturday morning - it’ll get you all tingly and excited inside. With a vocal performance that is crispier than a fifty pound note, the band proceeds to whisk the listener away to a special place in search of “Closure”. 

Inspired by the events of the year 2020.

Music Review: Megalomaniac by Elliott Waits For No One - Alternative Rock - Illinois, USA | Music Discovery XO


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ALTERNATIVE ROCK REVIEWS

14-05-2021 16:11 GMT


Music Reviews (May 2021) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Alternative Rock artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Alternative Rock performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie band, Elliott Waits For No One on YouTube | Spotify


Elliott Waits For No One
"Megalomaniac"
Alternative Rock


It's not about your ego

With members based in Nevada and Illinois, Elliott Waits for No One is one of the hottest new emerging rock bands that is ticking all the boxes with classic and alternative rock critics and fans in the West and Midwest of the United States, and the buzz is poised to spread across the country really fast. Released on the 12th of June last year, during the heat of the Coronavirus pandemic which is still going strong, their 13 track self-titled album “Elliott Waits for No One” reintroduced die-hard rock fans to a sound of rock music that is not just intrinsic but also adventurous stylistically. But this review is focused on one of the top singles on the album, “Megalomaniac”. We’ll be reviewing the full album soon. 

“Megalomaniac” is a pensive, mild track with a hint of psychedelic that, much like the album it came in, is meticulously written and performed from start to finish. It evokes a sense of struggle and despair, and it will take you to a dark place in your mind where your pain is power, and it exists in abound. One of those records that will light a fire in your soul and make you feel like you are ready to take over the world

Music Review: G.O.A.T by Yung Rackz - Hip Hop - North Carolina, USA | Music Discovery XO


MUSIC
HIP HOP REVIEWS

07-05-2021 17:13 GMT


Music Reviews (May 2021) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Hip Hop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Hip Hop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Yung Rackz on YouTube | Apple Music


Yung Rackz
"G.O.A.T"
Hip Hop


Goats smell really bad. This track hardly stinks, but it reeks of excellence and years of experience. Back in primary school teachers called pupils goats when they misbehaved. It really hurt and was in fact the perfect recipe for a teardrop in the corner of even the most stubborn kid's eye. But enough about you 🤣, let’s get right down to this record, one of the most exciting underground hip hop releases of 2020. If you haven’t heard it yet you need to start questioning your hip hop sources and looking for new hip hop radio stations and podcasts to listen to. You’re here, so you're on the right track already, obviously. 

When you start listening to the last release of 2020 by North Carolina, US underground hip hop star, Yung Rackz, you’ll realize you made a big mistake while listing your top new rappers of 2020 if he wasn’t at the top. Hip hop icon Jadakiss recently listed his top new rappers in the hip hop game right now and he got it spot on, Yung Rackz was right there at the top. Watch the video of Jadakiss listing his top 5 new rappers while listening to Yung Rackz' latest track, "Eyez Clozed" below. 

"G.OA.T" isn’t one of those records that needs any hype at all, just hit the play button and hold on to your socks for this mellow yet ever so satisfying track. 

Explicit.

Music Review: Xennials by Love X Stereo - Electronic Rock - Seoul, South Korea | Music Discovery XO


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ELECTRONIC ROCK REVIEWS

31-03-2021 14:29 GMT


Music Reviews (March 2021) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Electronic Rock artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Electronic Rock performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie band, Love X Stereo on Spotify | Bandcamp


Love X Stereo
"Xennials"
Electronic Rock


A-ya-ya-ya-Yai!!!

Where do we start? 


Don't you hate when people downplay their best effort just in case it's not good enough? Everyone's doing it now, it's so annoying. Unfortunately we are about to do it, so start hating

Here it goes... Nothing's ever good enough when it comes to reviewing a new Love X Stereo song or album. Each one grossly surpasses the last sonically, creatively and conceptually, as has been the case for the 9+ years spanning their illustrious independent music career, which began with the release of the critically acclaimed 4 track album "Buzzin" back in 2011 when they were a trio. To be honest it gets frustrating sometimes - writing then rewriting, then starting from scratch and repeating time and time again to no avail. To cut a long story short, this is just another sorry attempt at writing a fitting review for what can only be described as a "life changing" album, one you'll hold very close to your heart next to God and PPE; in fact don't waste your time reading it, just skip over to the play button at the end and hit it really hard so your music player knows something huge is about to happen

Wait, that seemed like a terrible way to start. Let's start over again. See? It's happening already. Okay this one's the one. Here it goes. Eer em...

This is one of those albums that are so exciting to listen to that nothing written could ever do justice describing how amazing it is; in fact, too much hype may even make it seem like just another mainstream album with a really big PR budget, expensive soundfonts and highly targeted groove templates and arrangements designed to generate maximum streaming revenue on Spotify, and a lot of Shazam hits.

If you are not sober right now and you are reading this you are making a big mistake. This will make you feel so good that you’ll never want to stop drinking, smoking or doing whatever you do to take the edge off in these unprecedented times. But why is it so good, you may ask? After all, every album must be good in some way or the other or else the artist or band that created it wouldn’t have released it, right? That’s where you are wrong, and probably where you have been getting it wrong; maybe that’s why your music collection sucks so bad – yes, we said it. It sucks!

An album is a collection of songs put together to form a body of work that means something. The songs would either have been created together or put together with the purpose of fulfilling a theme or concept, tell a story, evoke a vibe, stimulate an emotional response, or for whatever reason its creator(s) decided at the start of the project or somewhere along the way. The extent to which an album meets the specification of any of the above criteria is what makes an album good, hence, an album can be good without even being heard – wouldn't you agree? 

Xennials” are the generation that were born at the end of the analog era and the beginning of the digital era. With that definition in mind it’s easy to figure out that Love X Stereo’s new album “Xennials” has been a long time in the making since it is the epiphany of the band’s sound – a skillful intoxicating blend of ‘90s sounds and electronic sounds of the ‘00s. The album was a good album even before it was made, maybe that’s why it is so good. With 7 tracks, each one better than the last, it will have you dancing around in space on an imaginary timeline of music somewhere between the 90’s and the 00’s. With a futuristic ambience and a heavenly feel, it's a masterfully-crafted record that will send your music collection’s self-esteem and yours too through the roof. It’s big, it’s sophisticated, groovy, purposeful, introspective, and it will make you feel like a virgin again. Okay wait, we just threw that last part in there for effects – you’ll never feel like a virgin again, you’re too old 🤣 😊, but don’t worry you’ve totally still got it (thumbs up!, wink, wink, wink). 

Now, locate that play button that was mentioned earlier below and hit it harder than Snoop Dogg's 81st blunt of the day (yep, Snoop claims he smokes 81 blunts a day - he will never die). 

Music Review: 2020 Vision by Jim Gaven - Pop Rock - New Jersey, USA | Music Discovery XO


MUSIC
POP ROCK REVIEWS

28-03-2021 14:59 GMT


Music Reviews (March 2021) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Pop Rock artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Pop Rock performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Jim Gaven on Bandcamp |


Jim Gaven
"2020 Vision"
Pop Rock


Clean pain

Forget about how bad it was. Forget about how sad it was. Forget about all the unfortunate people who lost their lives or almost lost their lives (just for a very brief moment if you can), and all the simple pleasures and liberties of life that were taken away from every single one of us in a heartbeat... But wait, how could you? No one will be able to do so for a very long time, and even when the history books are written and those two pages – pandemic and lockdown, are stuck together by the pungent bodily fluids of all the teenage boys who should rightfully have lost their virginities and were in fact on the right track to doing so, 2020 will still be remembered as one of the most unprecedented years this century. So of course, it deserves its very own album - and it's got one.  

In an era when mainstream musicians are failing to fully address social and political issues in their music, and opting to go the fantasy route and write about how good they’re living (and hence how much we and everyone else out here in the real world suck), it’s always refreshing to know that there are still artists out there who are writing real songs about real life and real people; like New Jersey, US singer songwriter Jim Gaven whose latest album “2020 Vision”, which was released on the 9th of January, is a concept album that touches on the events of 2020, including social and political issues, civil unrest, lockdown, the pandemic and everything in-between. Known for his uplifting feel-good songs about love and life, the new album skillfully combines a very bright uplifting feel and serious subject matters to create what can only be described as “blissfully somber”

Music Review: How Are Things Over There by The Watermark High - Electronic - Massachusetts, USA | Music Discovery XO


MUSIC
ELECTRONIC REVIEWS

25-03-2021 18:05 GMT


Music Reviews (March 2021) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Electronic artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Electronic performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, The Watermark High on Soundcloud | Bandcamp


The Watermark High
"How Are Things Over There"
Electronic


Magic

Don’t listen to this excruciatingly blissful album if you are in a vulnerable place in your life right now, it will melt you away like a chocolate fountain on a hot summer afternoon and dip strawberries inside you till you feel happier than Elton John (don't worry it won't make you gay, just really happy). This is one of those albums that swallows you whole, turns you inside out and then has you fully surrounded by its awesomeness. It is sophisticated in ways the average listener will never really be able to put a finger on. You’ll struggle to describe how crisp it is, even the noise is silky. It’s blissfully satisfying and artificial in ways that’ll make you feel like it could be intelligent and be trying to tell you something really deep. If you’ve never been to heaven, hop on-board this musical spaceship and you’ll hear things that’ll make you feel like you’re seeing things. With 8 blissfully exciting and satisfying tracks that are great whether you are getting the day started right or ending it in on a high note after being amazing all freaking day, it makes an invaluable addition to any music collection, whether you are into classical, pop or hip hop; old school or new. Released on the 29th of January, it was written during the lockdowns of 2020, and inspired by the pandemic and everything that came with it. 

Music Review: The Boundaries Of Man by Kysmet - Metal - Virginia, USA | Music Discovery XO


MUSIC
METAL REVIEWS

24-02-2021 02:57 GMT


Music Reviews (February 2021) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Metal artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Metal performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie band, Kysmet on Apple Music | Spotify


Kysmet
"The Boundaries Of Man"
Metal


Dirty pain

If those words mean anything to you forget about what they mean because they are about to take on a whole new meaning. This balls-out loud album is furiously satisfying. It feels dirty AND painful. It hurts so sweet. It's so indescribably good you’ll feel so wrong after doing it – you know, like some really good drugs (Oops!! So we’ve heard. Wink, wink). 

The only way you’ll be able to match the rush you'll get from this album the first time you listen to it is by jumping off a roof with your headphones on blast and listening to it (don't do it please). 

It's God's answer to bigger cocks and louder music

Don’t listen to this album if you are used to the soft stuff – you know Ozzy Osbourne, KISS and all those really tough guys with fur coats softer than Beyoncé’s booty. This record is fiery in ways you’ll never be able to comprehend unless you paid the Devil a visit in hell and grabbed him by the horns (we’ve done it before, it wasn’t pretty). When you put on your headphones and listen to it even on a moderately loud level you’ll feel like the Ghost Rider racing down a dusty old road at superhigh speed with a vengeance and a skull burning ferociously for a head. If you thought the "loudness wars", which has plagued the music industry for several decades now was a problem you’ll start to see that problem in a whole new light after listening to this. To say the 11 track extravaganza of  rage is controlled chaos is an understatement, in fact calling it purposeful chaos or desirable chaos would still not do justice explaining what you are about to hear. The only thing that is advisable is that the first time you listen to it you should probably do it with a pair of worn out speakers that you are just far enough away from to not get your head blown off. Have you seen the intro of the video for that amazing Michael Jackson record “Black Or White”? Well, just like the massive sound system used there, even the first note played on this album alone is liable to send your chair rocketing through the roof and land you somewhere in Africa surrounded by, well, Africans. 

Music Review: Pepsi Vibes by Bigmoneybrezzy - Hip Hop - Texas, USA | Music Discovery XO


MUSIC
HIP HOP REVIEWS

23-02-2021 19:47 GMT


Music Reviews (February 2021) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Hip Hop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Hip Hop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Bigmoneybrezzy on Apple Music | Spotify


Bigmoneybrezzy
"Pepsi Vibes"
Hip Hop


Ahhhh, so refreshing!

The title of this record tells you everything you need to know and then some. The first thing it tells you is that you are about to fizzle away like the gas in a freshly cracked-open chilled soda. (You can almost hear that sound - Ssssssssssss!! Aren't you excited already?) 

 The second thing it tells you is that it will quench that thirst you’ve had for really good music, and more specifically, really good hip hop music for a very long time, whether you knew you’d been thirst of not. No, you may not have been having hiccups (if you have, breathe in a paper bag, do not put it over your head), but the watered-down lyrical content, and lack of exciting wordplay and meaningful metaphors of today’s hip hop has been severely draining your soul. Whether you knew it or not you are about to be healed and re-energized. If you thought that old lady who was shaking at the alter and saying words you’ve never heard before when the preacher put his hand on her forehead during Sunday service was peculiar or even amusing, get yourself a mirror because that is exactly what is about to happen to you. Your inner hip hop demons are about to be cast out and by the time you are done listening to this you may even have a little bit of steam coming out of your ears – but don’t worry that’s normal.

Before we get right down to the production and all the rest of the good stuff, let’s explore what the song is all about. And yes, every good song is about something. If you didn’t know that you need to throw away all your CDs (oops!!, uninstall your Spotify app) and buy yourself a Sony Cassette Tape Walkman and some music from that era so that you can find out what good music really is. For now, let’s assume you know. So here it goes. “Pepsi Vibes” is a song about enjoying what you do and being the best at it every day and every single time you do it; a simple concept for a rap record right? Well wrong. Sadly Big Money Brezzy is not that easy to decipher, or else he would be so boring to listen to, like many new rappers today who, if they said they were “going to the shop” on a record were probably well, “going to the shop”. Listen to this record and you’ll realize Brezzy is on a whole other level when it comes to songwriting. Listen a little deeper and you’ll realize he’s got the same creative flair when making beats. Listen even closer and you’ll realize that you are listening to a revolutionary musical act that could potentially change rap music and take the genre to a place where even its pioneers wouldn’t have dreamed of in their wildest dreams.

So how’s the production? Well, amazing of course. It’s not as loud as many would have wanted it to be but it makes up for it by just being amazing creatively and conceptually. The beat seems simple but much like the vocals it’s got something tucked away in every corner, with dynamics that will get your heart racing. 

So now that you know what it's all about you may proceed to gently crack it open. Don't do it too fast though, or it may spray all over your face and clothes like a 13 year old virgin fresh out of quarantine. 

Explicit.